Lady and The Track | December 14, 2018

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Stallion Stories: Seattle Slew

May 2, 2018 |

  Remembering the last undefeated Triple Crown winner (Originally published April 27, 2018) By Margaret Ransom This year marks the 40th anniversary of Seattle Slew’s Triple Crown. The big, black stallion was the first and remains the only undefeated Triple Crown winner in history and ranks as one of the most beloved racehorses and stallions […]

The Story Of Bet Gold

April 22, 2018 |

By Mary Perdue (Part Two in a series about South Carolina Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances program at Wateree Correctional Facility) Six years ago, when Kentucky-bred gelding Bet Gold raised his head from grazing in a field with fellow retired thoroughbreds, he could see barbed wire behind the fences surrounding his pasture at Wateree Correctional […]

Unique Bella Towers Over Six Rivals In Apple Blossom

April 13, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Champion Unique Bella — in her first start outside of her home state of California — has been installed the favorite for the $700,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (GI) for older fillies and mares today at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Owned by Don Alberto Stable and trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, Unique Bella […]

Magnum Moon Shines Brightly In Rebel

March 19, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Robert and Lawana Low’s Magnum Moon earned 50 points toward making the Kentucky Derby starting gate with a 3 ½-length romp in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (GII) at Oaklawn Park Saturday. The Todd Pletcher-trained son of Malibu Moon was ridden to his first career stakes victory by regular jockey Luis Saez and […]

Masochistic To Mulhall For Second Career

March 12, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Los Pollos Hermanos and Jay Em Ess Stable’s Grade 1 winner Masochistic, who was retired on Sunday after finishing in front of just one rival in the Sensational Star Stakes for California-breds at Santa Anita, will begin his second career as a riding horse under the care of trainer Kristin Mulhall, the […]

Race Of The Week: Fountain of Youth Stakes

March 2, 2018 |

By Derek Simon After a brief stop in Nebraska for the Maxxam Gold Cup, the Road to the Kentucky Derby resumes this week with a biggie — the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. In addition to luring last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and American Champion Two-Year-Old Male Horse Good Magic, who has […]

Dream Tree Looks To Grow Oaks Roots In Santa Ysabel

March 2, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom On Saturday, while all eyes watch champion Good Magic return to action in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (GII) at Gulfstream Park, potential superstar Dream Tree will put her undefeated record on the line in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita as she makes her way toward potentially being […]

Ransom Notes: Where Have All The Stars Gone?

February 27, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Question: Does anyone miss Gun Runner? What about Arrogate, Songbird, or even California Chrome? Has anyone really recovered from the retirement of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah after his record-setting sophomore year? Honestly, has anyone else noticed that, right now, in this game we all love, we are suffering from a significant […]

Unique Bella Wins Santa Maria In A Romp

February 10, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Don Alberto Stable’s champion Unique Bella went straight to the lead and never looked back en route to a nine-length romp in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita on Saturday. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee sped through splits of :23.54, :46.80, 1:10.95 and 1:36.49 under regular jockey Mike Smith, drawing […]

Gun Runner Caps Stellar Career With Pegasus Victory

January 28, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom In his final start, Winchell Thoroughbreds’ and Three Chimneys Farm’s recently crowned Horse of the Year Gun Runner put an impressive exclamation point on what has been a standout career with his impressive 2 ½-length victory in the world’s richest horse race — the $16.3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (GI) — […]